2017-12-07 / Front Page

Allard Seeks Council Appointment

By Olga Enger

After two former city councilors expressed an interest in a vacant Newport City Council seat the week of Nov. 27, David Allard submitted his name for consideration, stating he offers “a fresh perspective” on local issues.

The seat opened when Councilor John Florez, who has served on the council for the past three years, announced his resignation in a Nov. 22 email to city officials. To fill the seat, the council must collect applications from the public and appoint a candidate through a majority vote within 30 days, according to the city charter.

As of Dec. 5, Allard was the first and only candidate to submit an application, according to the mayor’s office. However, former councilors Marco Camacho and Justin Mc- Laughlin told Newport This Week they also intend to submit applications before the Dec. 15 deadline.

If appointed, Allard said he hopes to focus on issues such as the economy, education, the arts, affordable housing and environmental issues.

“With national politics more divided than ever, it is essential that we elect local leaders who display, and work for, the issues that bind us together as a community,” Allard said on Dec. 4.

The council hopeful made an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the Rhode Island Senate during the August special election, but has never served in political office. After the election, Allard told NTW that he found an increasing interest in local issues. He was appointed to the Newport Planning Board in November.

Newport residents interested in the at-large council position should submit a letter of interest detailing that they would like to serve for the remainder of the current term, which runs through Dec. 1, 2018. Include a resume along with a cover letter and submit to the Office of the Mayor, City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840. Submissions may also be made via email to hwinthrop@cityofnewport.com with a copy to pcofield@cityofnewport.com. The deadline for submission is Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

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